SAT SEPT 10
George Billis Gallery hosts a reception for the Jerusalem-based artist’s latest exhibition. Arnovitz’s past work has combined etching, printmaking, fabric and more to create large-scale paper garments. Her pieces reflect tensions that exist within religion, gender studies and politics, including the plight of women whose husbands won’t grant them a divorce. Sat. Through Oct. 8. 5-9:30 p.m. (reception). Free. George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-3685. georgebillis.com.
THU SEPT 15
The Rolling Stone contributing editor discusses and signs “Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion,” a journalistic exploration of a controversial faith’s history, from pseudoscientific self-help group to worldwide spiritual corporation. Based on five years of research and unprecedented access to Scientology officials, Reitman offers an even-handed look at the development of this controversial religion, which attracts celebrities, attacks psychiatry and requires its followers to pay tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
SAT SEPT 17
Steven Berkoff’s dark comedy offers an absurdist look at our secret thoughts, exposing the anxieties, desires, fears and prejudices of a Jewish family. Presented by the SeaGlass Theatre. 18 and older. Sat. Through Oct. 16. 8 p.m. $25. The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 745-5537. seaglasstheatre.org.
SUN., SEPT. 18
Expect melodic vocals, hip-hop-inspired beat-boxing and spiritually resonant lyrics from the Chasidic reggae star, who performs as part of the Hillel Charity Concert Series. Hebrew reggae artists Zadik shares the bill. Sun. 5 p.m. $18-$136, $250 (VIP). The Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. sabantheatre.org.
WED., SEPT. 21
CALVIN TRILLIN WITH KEVIN NEALON
Two political and social satirists share the stage tonight. Trillin, a contributor to The New Yorker, Time and The Nation, is renowned for his food writing, political poetry and comic novels. Trillin has selected the best of his humorous writing for his new book, “Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff,” which he discusses tonight with “Weeds” star Nealon, author of the 2008 book “Yes, You’re Pregnant, but What About Me?” Wed. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
THU., SEPT. 22
The best-selling author and sibling of Nora Ephron discusses and signs copies of her memoir, “Loose Diamonds,” in which she humorously and candidly talks about her childhood, two marriages, parenting, friendships and other highlights from her life. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Diesel, A Bookstore — Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960. dieselbookstore.com.
SAT., SEPT. 24
Sun. Sept. 24
BALKAN BEAT BOX
This New York-based band — featuring Israeli natives Ori Kaplan (saxophone), Tamir Muska (drummer) and MC Tomer Yosef — performs its unique Nu Med sounds at the Conga Room. 21 and over. Sat. 8 p.m. $25 (general admission), $25 (standing room), $45 (VIP). Conga Room at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown. (213) 745-0162. congaroom.com.
SUN., SEPT. 25
Known for pairing Persian melodies and Hebrew texts with electronic soundscapes, Dardashti performs Monajat, an evening of Middle Eastern musical poetry sung before the Jewish New Year, as part of the Grand Performances series. Sun. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
SAT., OCT. 1
“THE GOD OF ISAAC”
Playwright James Sherman’s comedy follows a second-generation American Jew who learns that a Nazi group plans to stage a demonstration in Skokie, Ill., and wonders what — if anything — he should do about it. The play is part of the West Coast Jewish Theatre’s 2011 season. Sat. Through Nov. 27. 8 p.m. $20-$35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. wcjt.org.
SUN., OCT. 2
“THE SOUL OF SPAIN” — THE YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron (“West Bank Story”) leads a group of Jewish, Arab and Christian musicians at the Broad Stage. Accompanied by Gypsy flamenco singer Jesus Montoya, flamenco dancer Briseyda Zarate and flamenco guitarist José Tanaka, they explore the Jewish and Gypsy traditions of Andalusia in the Middle Ages. Sun. 4 p.m. $47-$60. The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
WED., OCT. 5
NANCY SILVERTON AND EVAN KLEIMAN
Celebrity chef Silverton discusses her new book, “The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes From Los Angeles’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria,” with Kleiman, host of KCRW’s “Good Food.” A Q-and-A and book signing follow the discussion. Wed. 8 p.m. Free (advance reservations recommended). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
THU., OCT. 13
INDIA.ARIE AND IDAN RAICHEL
Israel’s Raichel, a renowned world musician, joins Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Arie to perform songs from their new album, “Open Door.” Expect soulful vocals about social unity (in Hebrew and English), and a healthy fusion of pop, folk and r&b. Thu. 8 p.m. $30-$50. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 343-6600. luckmanarts.org.
SUN., OCT. 16
The self-described “all-American Jewish lesbian folk singer” pays musical tribute to the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, a legendary former center for feminist art, with “This Is Your Life: The Woman’s Building.” During tonight’s show, Phranc, a Santa Monica native who started out in the ’70s and ’80s L.A. punk scene before turning to folk, reflects on her experiences at the feminist workshop. Sun. 4 p.m. $25 (general), $20 (members), $15 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
WED., OCT. 19
HOFESH SHECHTER COMPANY
Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter, alumnus of the Batsheva Dance Company, leads his acclaimed U.K. dance ensemble in a performance of “Political Mother,” a full-length piece that offers a surreal glimpse of oppressed societies. Wed. 8 p.m. $20-$60 (general), $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. uclalive.org.
SUN., OCT. 23
“CAPITOL STEPS: THE LIGHTER SIDE OF POLITICS”
The D.C.-based comedy troupe of former congressional staffers returns to American Jewish University with song parodies, skits and stand-up that satirize the politicians and culture of Capitol Hill. Sun. 4 p.m. $45. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.
MON., OCT. 24
In this 2010 documentary directed by Ofir Trainin, manic depression prevents Gabriel Balahassan, an Israeli would-be rock star and former Orthodox Jew, from achieving his artistic ambitions. Following his release from a mental institution, Balachsan leaves his family behind and moves to Tel Aviv, where he struggles to complete his solo album as he wrestles with his illness. Mon. 6-9 p.m. Free. UCLA Center for Israel Studies, Royce Hall 362, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu.
THU., OCT. 27
“WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY”
Inspired by the best-selling book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the Skirball’s new exhibition of photography, graphics and visual art addresses how women have persevered in the face of sex trafficking, gender-based violence and maternal mortality in the developing world. Museum visitors can learn more about ways to advocate on behalf of victims. Thu. Through March 11. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday). $10 (general), $7 (seniors and full-time students), $5 (children, 2 to 12), free (members and children, 2 and under; everyone on Thursdays). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
FRI., OCT. 28
The popular mentalist and magician performs “Thinking in Person: An Evening of Knowing and Not Knowing,” which blends conventional magic and mind reading. Not suitable for children under 12. Fri. 8 p.m. $40-$60. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345. cerritoscenter.com.
SUN., OCT. 30
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter — known for hit songs “Stay (I Miss You),” “I Do” and “How” — performs songs from her forthcoming kids’ book and accompanying album, “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs.” Suitable for all ages. Sun. 2-3 p.m. Concert included with museum admission. $10 (general), $7 (seniors and full-time students), $5 (children, 2 to 12), free (members and children, 2 and under; everyone on Thursdays). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
He has won every major entertainment award — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — as well as a Pulitzer Prize and two Golden Globes. Hamlisch, one of America’s finest composers of musicals (“A Chorus Line,” “The Goodbye Girl”) and films (“The Way We Were,” “The Sting,” “Sophie’s Choice”), conducts an afternoon performance, “From Broadway to Hollywood.” Sun. 3 p.m. $48-$68. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345. cerritoscenter.com.
FRI., NOV. 11
EVELYN GLENNIE AND MAYA BEISER
Kibbutz-raised Beiser, a cello virtuosa, performs tonight with Dame, a Scottish percussionist. The evening features individual sets by the artists and a joint performance of a short and not-yet-titled new work by Pulitzer-winning composer David Lang. Fri. 8 p.m. $20-$75 (general), $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. uclalive.org
WED., NOV. 23
The stand-up comedian, known as the “pitbull of comedy,” likes to say, “If you can’t laugh a yourself, make fun of other people,” which is why everybody’s fair game when he’s performing. Tonight, he brings the funny to Hermosa Beach. Warning: This show is not for the easily offended. Wed. 8 p.m. $22.50 The Comedy and Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-1193. comedyandmagicclub.com.
Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) co-star in this new film, which follows Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson’s beloved characters as they struggle to save their old studio from a greedy tycoon. The star-studded supporting cast includes Mila Kunis, Zach Galifianakis, John Krasinski, Jack Black and many others. disney.go.com/muppets.